Corner benefits from banquette By Design: A banquette with oversized, squishy back cushions can transform an awkward corner into a cozy lounging nook.

By Design

January 07, 1996|By Rita St. Clair | Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE

In drawing up a floor plan for the large living room in our new home, we remain undecided about how to furnish an awkward corner that's about 8 by 6 feet.

One possibility is to fill it with a seating group in addition to the large sofa and three club chairs that will be placed elsewhere in vTC the room. The design of the space will tend toward the contemporary.

Do you have a specific suggestion for treating that corner?

How about banquette seating? As the photo shows, this type of armless sectional sofa can project an elegant, informal and comfortable appearance. If fitted out with the sort of oversized, squishy back cushions seen in the photo, a banquette can almost single-handedly transform an awkward corner into a cozy lounging nook. The piece seen here was formed by the joining of two armless sections.

This sophisticated unit is accompanied by a legless cube table and a pair of open-arm French Bergere-style chairs.

Because of its monolithic shape and grounded appearance, the table works very well with the seating. It gives the corner even more of a built-in look. The open-arm and delicately legged chairs, meanwhile, help integrate the corner with the rest of the ,, room, inviting the user into this more intimate conversation area. I can't think of a better way of creating a secondary seating

group in a difficult corner.

Please note, by the way, that the space in the photo has been further defined by the installation of a multipaneled and painted Oriental screen. A similarly effective backdrop might be produced by means of a series of framed graphics, prints or whatever type of art you prefer. Just be sure that they cover most of the wall space behind the seating piece. The aim, remember, is to make that corner stand out as a unified composition.

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